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Bully prevention tools 

The bullying issue

What works to stop bullying and what doesn't work

According to a study published in the Journal of Criminology, anti-bullying programs can have negative outcomes making the bullying situation worse instead of better. 

Researchers discovered that in order for a bully prevention program to truly work it must change the school's climate. This means changing values and expectations of youth, teachers and school administration.

How can we successfully combat bullying?

Key Club's response to bullying

Key Club International is teaming up with Project Happiness, an organization that specializes in emotional resilience-building programs, using proven techniques to cultivate one's own authentic happiness drawing from the three pillars of Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness.

Through strength-based curriculum, Project Happiness is working to help create a world where:

  • School bullying will no longer be a socially accepted behavior
  • Young adults will be taught to know and value their passions and personal strengths, and become more compassionate to themselves and others
  • Building one’s character will be as important as building one’s resume
  • Success will be measured by the degree to which we experience meaningful, fulfilling lives (not just by our job titles and credentials)

Learn more about Key Club's effort to spread happiness and nurture growth of kindness, compassion and empathy. Check out Key where you'll find the newest Key Club/Project Happiness initiatives. 

Builders Club members can spread Happiness too

Creating a happier school environment is a good thing. Science says that happier students: 

  • Handle stress better
  • Discover smart ways to help themselves and their friends
  • Have healthier, more positive relationships
  • Bully less and are nicer to be around
  • Sleep better at night
  • Have an easier time learning new things
  • Accomplish more

Who wouldn't want some of this? Here are things you can do at school to increase happiness. You'll fine even more ideas in the Key Club Guide to Project Happiness

Organize a school employee appreciation day. Honor the people who make a difference in your school community that don't usually get recognition. Janitors, cafeteria employees, secretaries, school nurses, and counselors.

Change the school cafeteria into a coffee house. Set-up a small stage in one section of the cafeteria. Promote the coffee house ahead of time and schedule guitarist, ukulele players, etc. to sit and play nicely during lunch while everyone eats. Make posters to post around the cafeteria giving it a coffee house look. Place thank you notes and messaging on each of the cafeteria tables.

Leave your hand print. Cut out paper hand prints. Distribute these to students and ask them to write down how they hope to leave their hand print (make a difference) in the world. Post all the hand prints on a prominent wall at school, using painters tape to adhere the hand prints.

Create happy announcements. Use the helpful information you learn in the Project Happiness Handbook to write informative messaging to be included in with morning announcements each morning. Tips to help students begin their own happiness journey.

Start a Circle of Happiness. Start a Circle of Happiness at school or in the community. These materials will help you discover proven ways to thrive and grow sustainable happiness habits. Helpful online resources make inviting others to participate easy.

Celebrate the International Day of Happiness. Join the world in celebrating the International Day of Happiness on March 20. 

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